Sepphoris: Past, Present and Future
We celebrate the conclusion of the Duke excavations at Sepphoris, "the ornament of all Galilee." Professors Eric Meyers, Carol Meyers, and Benjamin Gordon will offer remarks on the importance of the excavation project. Prof. Chad Spigel will speak about the digitization of the dig archives.
Sepphoris was an important Galilean site during the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine periods. It served as Herod Antipas's capital of Galilee in the early 1st century C.E., and the Sanhedrin (the supreme Jewish authority) under the leadership of Rabbi Judah the Prince, who edited the Mishnah there, was located at Sepphoris for a time in the 3rd century C.E.
Eric M. Meyers, the Bernice and Morton Lerner Professor Emeritus of Jewish Studies at Duke University, is an expert in the fields of biblical studies, ancient Judaism, and the archaeology of the Land of Israel.
Carol Meyers, the Mary Grace Wilson Professor Emerita of Religious Studies at Duke University, specializes in biblical studies, the archaeology of the Land of Israel, and gender in the biblical world.
Benjamin D. Gordon, Assist. Professor of Religious Studies at the U. of Pittsburgh and Rosenberg-Perlow Fellow in Classical Judaism, is a historian of religion specializing in Jewish culture and society in the ancient Mediterranean world.
Chad Spigel, Assoc. Professor of Religion at Trinity U. focuses on the role of synagogue worship in ancient Jewish communities and the use of archaeology and the Bible(s)in popular media.